Body of Knowledge

  • Body of Knowledge
    disruption

    Transformation vs Disruption

    - by Joseph Paris

    Transformation… I am hearing more and more talk about how companies are seeking to transform themselves, or that they are launching a transformation initiative.  And as expected, there is the corresponding increase in transformation conferences, symposia, articles and books. But what is “transformation”? One definition for transformation is; “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.” “… thorough and dramatic…”  Seems rather subjective. In essence, transformation occurs when something that was turns into something completely different.  In nature, we can see examples of transformation when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly or when a volcano creates…

  • Body of Knowledge
    within ourselves culture change

    The Fault Lies Not in the Stars, but Within Ourselves

    - by Joseph Paris

    I hear all too often from professionals in Continuous Improvement how “Senior Leadership does not give me the support I need”.  Some go further by making the claim that “Senior Leadership just doesn’t understand”.  And some go further still and make the suggesting there is a conscious, if not curious, effort by senior leaders to sabotage the Continuous Improvement programs. In the most extreme circumstances, some (mostly consultants) go as far as to position themselves, their profession, and their efforts as some sort of higher cause, almost as a religion, and look down upon the non-believers with a level of…

  • Body of Knowledge

    Crafting a convenient truth: The crisis of leadership

    - by CERM Risk Insights

    The number, size and scope of things distracting management’s attention from the task of running the business continues to expand at an increasing pace.  Denial of the threats from smoldering issues drives leaders to underestimate the potential for reputational and financial damage that can be caused by bad information gone viral.  If you want senior management to pay attention, give them something that challenges their focus – and understand that their focus is not on how many computers you have or RTO, RPO statistics. It is on business survivability – will we be in business tomorrow given the issues that…

  • Body of Knowledge
    excellence

    Process Excellence at Life and Play

    - by Operational Excellence Society

    I have been inspired by Benjamin Franklin, who said: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”. I believe I have discovered some tricks to make life more efficient, which I would like to share with you. This article is for anyone who wants to excel at what they do, at work and play. What comes to mind when you hear the words “Project Management” or “Lean Six Sigma”. Well, first thought might be, “That sounds too techie”, “Oh I know Six Sigma. Isn’t that the one with all belts like in karate – yellow belt, green belt,…

  • Body of Knowledge
    leadership women

    Women and Leadership in the United States: Background & Issue

    - by Jennifer Priddy

    The concept of leaders and leadership continues to evolve in the modern world.  Part of that evolution involves the change in who is eligible to be a leader.  In looking at leadership opportunities for females, the evolution has been slow.  In Rhodes book, entitled Women and Leadership (2017), she looked at the history of women leaders, from the beginning of the 20th century going back 2000 years and found a total of only 850 female leaders worldwide, with many of those being considered leaders based on their connections to powerful males as mothers, wives, daughters, or mistresses.  In looking at…

  • Body of Knowledge
    risk source

    Time – A Risk Source

    - by CERM Risk Insights

    We’re obsessed with Time. Songs and literature don’t forget to remind us that Time goes by, that Time is the key measure of almost everything, even of apparently very solid, indestructible structures as concrete walls. There’s a key question about Time, which is that we know Time’s effects but – as for many other of nature’s processes – we neither know nor understand Time’s rules. TIME IS ON MY SIDE! Just think of all these times:  The Rolling Stones’s song Time Is On My Side.  The Pink Floyd’s obsessively ticking clock in their song Time.  Kenneth Fearing’s 1946 novel The Big Clock – made into…

Listen to our free monthly podcast!

Listen